Fishing News

Exciting artificial reef project of Mackay

GETTING anglers from all over the world ‘hooked on Mackay’ is one step closer due to an exciting artificial reef project. The project aims to enhance recreational and tourist fishing experiences via complex marine habitat installations adjacent to three popular fishing platforms in the Pioneer River. Mayor Greg Williamson said the Bridge Road, Brisbane Street and Carlyle Street fishing platforms …

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Not all raw prawns can be used as bait

WHILE most know, the reason behind buying bait from a bait shop or service station and not from a supermarket is due to the risk of spreading disease. In late 2016 and early 2017, white spot syndrome virus, the causative agent for white spot disease, was confirmed on seven prawn farms in southeast Queensland, and then in waterways around the …

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Solid swim for recaptured samsonfish!

A samsonfish originally tagged south of Sydney has recently been recaptured. Matt Ryan (see second image) recaptured the fish near South Solitary Island, off Coffs Harbour, on 27 February, 2021. The samson measured in at 95cm and an estimated 7.5kg. Matt re-released it with the original tag in place in the hope that it would be get recaptured again. A …

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Fishing for recovery lands big smiles!

NSW DPI has partnered with community groups in Forbes and the New England region to take those recovering from breast cancer and the devastating past year of drought, fires and floods out fishing with new friends for the day. Twelve amazing women learnt the fine art of fly fishing from DPI Fishcare Volunteer and expert fly angler Rodney Tonkin at …

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QLD fishing licence debate

WOULD you be prepared to pay for better fishing? I’ll bet that as soon as most fishers are asked that question, they immediately think of a fishing licence imposed by the government, then imagine the funds for that licence disappearing into government coffers as per most of our other taxes. QLD fishing licence  Well, what if we were guaranteed that …

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Fisher fined for hiding crabs

A Brisbane fisher has been fined $17,000 for taking 146 under-sized blue swimmer crabs and hiding them in a concealed compartment on a boat. QBFP officers searched a Birkdale home after receiving a tip from Fishwatch. Redlands QBFP, assisted by the Gold Coast team, conducted surveillance and gathered intelligence on the defendant before seizing the boat, and auditing logbooks and …

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Huge boost For flattie stocks in South Coast Fishing Havens

After being hard hit by bush fires and COVID, the NSW South Coast is set to benefit from a huge boost to recreational fishing opportunities following the stocking of almost 40,000 juvenile dusky flathead into the Lake Conjola and St Georges Basin Recreational Fishing Havens. Highly regarded as being one of NSW’s most popular and accessible sport and table fish, …

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Fishing comps delivering citizen science benefits

Recreational fishing tournaments have always provided significant socio-economic benefits to regional communities, but now these popular events are also helping with monitoring of our inland fish populations. A great example of this is the new Codcatch program, which allows DPI Fisheries scientists to work with anglers and tournament organisers to monitor native and non-native fish populations in key waterways across …

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Avoid ‘breakaway’ floats!

With the welcome arrival of mackerel along the North Coast, NSW DPI is reminding anglers not to use “breakaway” floats such as polystyrene foam and balloons as these products contribute to marine litter. It is recognised that the use of pieces of foam as floats is a particular issue during mackerel season on the North Coast. The resulting litter after …

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Rare long-term yellowfin tuna recapture

From time to time, DPI’s Game Fish Tagging Program is lucky enough to receive details of recaptures that come from remote regions of the Pacific Ocean. Recently, a game fish recapture form was submitted by a researcher from the Japanese Fisheries Research Institute. The fisheries researcher had received a tag from a skipper of an international longline vessel who had …

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